Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Channel Islands Santa Barbara Coast

Channel Islands National Park
Channel Islands National Park is located off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. There are no hotels, no fast food restaurants and no cars on the island. Visitors can reach Channel Islands National Park by boat or private charter plane. Activities on the islands include camping, fishing, whale watching, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving and hiking. If your looking for a family vacation your are better off heading to Santa Catalina Island to the South. If your looking for a break from the congestion urban life then Channel Islands National Park is just what your looking for. Channel Islands National Park visitor information.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Los Angeles Food Tours

Food tours have become very popular due to the abundance of food shows on cable TV. Food tours allow you live and expirence what you watch on the travel channel. Los Angeles has several food tour operators guiding guest on gastronomic treks through local ethnic neighborhoods.  Melting Pot  and Six Taste are the two most popular food tour operators. Melting Pot offers two tours in  the Los Angeles area: The Farmers Market & W. 3rd Street Food Tasting Tour and The  Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour. Rapidly expanding Six Taste offers offers four LA food tours: Little Tokyo, San Gabriel Valley Chinatown, Los Angeles' financial district and Los Angeles's Thai Town. Food tours are usually walking tours and last about three hours. These tours are let you see the sights of Los Angeles plus taste some mouth watering food while your at it.
 More information about Los Angeles Food Tours

Friday, March 19, 2010

Legoland Water Park Carlsbad California

Legoland Water Park Carlsbad California
Opening in June 2010 at LEGOLAND® California Resort then new water park will be the first Legoland Water Park in the world. The 5.5 acre LEGOLAND Water Park will be located at the north end of LEGOLAND California behind Fun Town. Attractions at the new water park will include a 45-foot-tall tower, a lazy river where guests float on custom-built LEGO rafts, water slides including six-person raft slide and slides designed for toddlers. There will be more than 20 LEGO models including giant LEGO friends who splash or spray water on visitors. A giant splash tower that will pour hundreds of gallons of water over people standing beneath it. There will also be two sandy beach wading areas for kids of all ages. LEGOLAND California guests will be able to upgrade their Park tickets to include LEGOLAND Water Park for just $10. The Water Park will also be included in the price of Water Park Hopper tickets and Resort Hopper tickets which include SEA LIFE Aquarium as well. Discount Legoland Hopper Tickets

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Day Trips On Facebook

If you like day trips and traveling in California become a fan on Facebook. New day trips and ticket discounts are posted first on Facebook. When we travel we take hundreds of pictures and only one or two ever make it to the web sites. Check out our Facebook picture albums for hundreds of photos see all the photos. Jump into the conversation and suggest your favorite place to visit or share your travel experience with other day trippers. California Day Trips Facebook - Become a Fan.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Mt Diablo State Park

Mt Diablo State Park
Mt Diablo State Park is a popular summer day trip from San Francisco. Most visitors attempt to climb 3,864 feet to the summit of Mt Diablo. Those that make it are rewarded by one of the most spectacular views in the golden state. The vista from the top includes the Golden Gate Bridge and with binoculars, even Yosemite's Half Dome can be spotted. Activities at the park include hiking, camping and rock climbing. Mt Diablo State Park Campground is divided up into three areas:

Juniper Campground 36 campsites. Located approximately 2 miles below the summit on Summit Road, Juniper is known for its views. Reservations.

- Live Oak Campground 22 campsites. Located one mile above the Southgate entrance Station, off Southgate Road. Live Oak is near Rock City. At Rock City one can explore interesting rock formations. Reservations.

- Junction Campground 6 campsites. Located where Southgate and Northgate meet at the Ranger Station. This campground is situated in an open woodland area. Campsites are first come first served.

Mt Diablo State Park Hiking trails:
Mary Bowerman Trail
Just below the summit, this trail offers spectacular vistas that can be enjoyed along the way. The first half of the gentle 0.7-mile loop trail is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Pick up a copy of the trail Nature Guide at the trailhead.
Rock City
You'll find unusually large sandstone formations and small caves here.
Boy Scout Rocks and Sentinel Rock
These are popular places near Rock City for rock climbing. Check with the ranger for regulations and the best approach.
Fossil Ridge
Evidence of previous residents is embedded in these rocks. Please leave them for future visitors to see.
Deer Flat
You are likely to see some of the mountain's natural wildlife as you take this moderately strenuous 1.6-mile hike from Juniper Camp.
Mitchell Canyon Staging Area
This is the main access point to trails on the mountain's north side. From here you can hike to Deer Flat (3.7 miles) or all the way to the summit (6.8 miles) by way of Juniper Camp.
Diablo Valley Overlook
From here near Juniper Campground, 3,200 feet above sea level, you can see the Golden Gate.
Summit Museum - Open Daily 10:00am - 4:00pm
The summit museum is located in the historic stone building atop Mt. Diablo's highest peak. The tower was constructed during the late 1930's of fossiliferous sandstone blocks quarried in the park. The Visitor Center highlights the cultural and natural history of Mt. Diablo State Park. Visit the Mitchell Canyon Information Center on the north side of the mountain. Exhibits
Impressive exhibits chronicle the history of the mountain and capture its majesty. A rock wall with instructional video examines the geological forces which created the mountain. Panels describe the native American history of the region. A diorama, complete with native sounds, offers an overview of the park's ecosystems. A model of the mountain acquaints visitors with important park locations. Splendid photographs enhance the visitor's experience. In addition to the exhibits, the summit museum features a gift shop and audio-visual room.
Art Gallery
Rotating displays of the fine interpretive art by local artists and photographers complement the permanent exhibits.
Observation Deck
Telescopes are mounted on the deck to help visitors enjoy one of the finest views in the world. On the walk up the circular stairway to the observation deck, visitors are treated to a look at ancient marine fossils embedded in the sandstone walls of the summit building. In the rotunda they are reminded of Mt. Diablo's importance as a survey point. Above the rotunda is a beacon, historically important to aviators and now lighted once a year on December 7 in memory of those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.
Mitchell Canyon Interpretive Center
The Mitchell Canyon Interpretive Center, located in Mount Diablo State Park at the south end of Mitchell Canyon Road in Clayton, California, is staffed by park volunteers. The gift shop is supported by the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, which works with the park to provide visitors with information so they can better enjoy Mount Diablo State Park and its natural wonders.

The Center has displays about various aspects of Mt. Diablo State Park, such as geology, wildlife, trails, and plant life. Interpretive materials about the Park, such as geology, wildlife, and plants, are for sale. There are also postcards, note cards, trail maps, and water for sale.